St Paul's Episcopal Church
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We aspire to be Christ's body in the world, revealing the love of God.
Dear St. Paul’s Community,
On March 13, Bishop Eaton announced that church services in our Diocese are cancelled until further notice. However, live streaming of services on our Facebook page is available here. Our diocese joins many in the Episcopal Church that have announced this decision, including, Washington, Virginia, Southern Virginia, Easton, Olympia, California and Indianapolis, to name only a few. We have all also seen Disney World close, college and universities cancel classes, sports tournaments and even whole seasons cancelled. We have never seen anything like this before in our lifetimes.
In addition, given the number of people from all over the world who pass through our church, St. Paul’s will be closed to the public. We will revisit this decision soon to determine when the church can be open again for private prayer and meditation, even though group worship is suspended. However, the gardens, including the Memorial Garden, will remain open daily for prayer and meditation.
In our Baptismal Covenant, in the Summary of the Law, and in the New Commandment that Christ gave his disciples the night before he died, the fundamental principle that guides all we do is love. Love one another. Love leads us, at times, in surprising directions. Those most vulnerable by age include the clear majority of our own congregation. It would be devastating if any member of our community were to become sick with this virus from our inaction. These measures are surprising necessities in order to care for and protect one another.
Even as we care for each other by creating social distance, we will work to ensure that no one becomes socially isolated. We are already working to begin using digital media as new ways to be connected as the body of Christ. Look at our email notices, website and Facebook page in the coming days.
Let us pray that this pandemic comes to an end. Let us commit to taking all necessary action for the welfare of the most vulnerable among us. Let us discover new ways to follow the new commandment that Christ gave us, to act out of love at all times. Do not hesitate to reach out to any of us. We are open to your good ideas and constructive feedback.
May the mercy, grace and peace of Christ dwell with you,
Steve Carlsen, Interim Rector
Ray Warren, Senior Warden
Greta Ford-Phillips, Junior Warden
Palm Sunday: Bulletin here
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Organ, Cantor, Hymns
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Morning Prayer: 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer: 5:00 PM
Maundy Thursday: 7:00 PM
Good Friday: Noon
Sunrise Vigil: 7:00 AM
Sunday Service: 9:30 AM
Temporarily Suspended Schedule
Mondays: 7:30 AM - Morning Prayer
Tuesdays: 7:30 AM - Morning Prayer
Wednesdays: 9 AM - Holy Eucharist,
Prayers for Healing
Thursdays: 7:30 AM - Morning Prayer
Sundays: Streamed live on Facebook
St. Paul’s Church was formed by an official act of the City Council of Key West. In a petition to the bishop of New York, the City council requested a priest be sent and the Parish of St. Paul’s be established.
In 1831, the council gave notice of a public meeting to establish an Episcopal Church and a committee was appointed.
St. Paul’s Church was formed by an official act of the City Council of Key West. In a petition to the bishop of New York, the City council requested a priest be sent and the Parish of St. Paul’s be established. The first rector was the Reverend Sanson K. Brunot, who arrived December 23, 1832. The first of four churches on this site was completed in 1839. Our rectory, built in 1857 is still standing but in need of repair. Learn more about the Historic Rectory and the proposed renovation.
In February of 2020, St. Paul's celebrated the 100th anniversary of our current church building, the 4th on the same site, the previous 3 having been destroyed by a hurricane, a fire, and another hurricane. Learn more about our history.
Each season, St. Paul's welcomes musicians who perform in the sanctuary, historic rectory and parish hall as part of our outreach mission to the Keys. Taking advantage of our downtown location, the church has become a much loved center for musical events. This year, between November 2019 and June 2020, we are hosting 24 performances for 6 organizations.
Southernmost Chamber Music Society, 2019 - 20: Concert Series